Renewables, Wind

offshore wind potential

10 September 2010– A report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says the United States has more than 4,000 GW of potential nameplate wind energy capacity in offshore waters.

The report, “Assessment of Offshore Wind Energy Resources for the United States,” found 4,150 GW of potential turbine nameplate capacity from offshore wind resources. In 2008, the nation’s total electric generating capacity from all sources was 1,010 GW, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

NREL researchers calculated the potential capacity from the total offshore area within 50 nautical miles of shore. They looked at areas where average annual wind speeds are at least 16 miles per hour at a height of 295 feet. Researchers assumed that 5 MW of wind turbines could be placed in every square kilometer of water that met these wind characteristics.

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